Spam

  • This spammed message aims to get email credentials. Using World Bank as bait, the message body states that the recipients are entitled to some form of payment from the institution.
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  • Spammed messages typically purport to come from banks and financial institutions to lure users into divulging their credentials and personal information. Trend Micro researchers spotted spammed messages pretending to come from United Coconut Planter’s Bank (UCPB).
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  • Philippine online banking customers of local bank UnionBank are being targeted by a new wave of spammed messages. The spammed message, pictured above, informs the recipient to upgrade access via a link provided in the email.
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  • Cybercriminals behind the black hole exploit campaign are leveraging Xanga, a blogging platform. Trend Micro researchers spotted spammed messages purporting to come from Xanga.
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  • Craigslist has become one of the more popular sites to advertise nearly every service or product. Trend Micro researchers recently received messages which use Craigslist to distribute spammed messages about posting ads for various jobs, services, and sales.
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  • Beware of “mugging” claims from supposed friends or relatives travelling abroad. Scammers use this particular storyline, asking recipients to help out the supposed sender who got mugged while travelling in another country.
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  • Trend Micro researchers spotted spammed messages that contain an attachment bearing details of winning a prize from Google, in line with the company's supposed 12th anniversary. As mentioned, the email uses the Google name as the sender.
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  • Before the 2012 US Presidential Elections, cybercriminals leverage the hype surrounding it by creating a malicious spammed message that features the current President of the United States, Barack Obama. This spammed message purports to come from an online news source and posits scandalous allegations about Obama's sexuality.
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  • Trend Micro researchers received samples of a spammed email message claiming to be an email notification from social networking site Facebook. Written in Spanish, the body of the message informs the readers that a private multimedia message has been received.
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  • With Father’s Day just around the corner, spammers are capitalizing on the said special event for their malicious activities. Spammed messages promoting replica products as gifts for fathers are making rounds today.
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